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Research project: SMARTmove - Dormant

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Project type: 
Grant

SMARTmove is a project which brings together a multidisciplinary team with expertise in functional materials, direct printing fabrication, control algorithms, wireless electronics, sensors, and end user engagement to address stroke rehabilitation. Working together with the advisory board members from six institutions, we will deliver a personalised wearable device for home-based stroke upper limb rehabilitation.

Stroke is one of the largest causes of disability: 17 million strokes occur every year worldwide, meaning one stroke every two seconds. Half of stroke survivors lose the ability to perform everyday tasks with their upper limb, which affects their independence. There is a great need to improve arm and hand rehabilitation.

Functional electrical stimulation (FES) is widely used for lower limb rehabilitation, but there are a number of issues with using it for arm-hand rehabilitation. This project will address these issues using an expert user group working alongside the team to co-develop the wearable device.

Funder: MRC (DPFS)

Principal Investigator: Dr Kai Yang

Co-investigators:
Prof Chris Freeman
Prof Steve Beeby
Dr John Tudor
Dr Ann-Marie Hughes

Associated Theme:
Active Living Theme

Research Group:
Active Living for Health Research Group

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